Phileas French

Travel Writer

Phileas French

Phileas French

Travel Writer | Exploring every country in the world, one adventure at a time
Travel Writer | Exploring every country in the world, one adventure at a time.

Turning the clock back with my visit to Halebid

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I am delighted to welcome the first guest post from Sonali Sengupta , who takes us on a fascinating cultural tour of Halebid and Belur. Marveling at the architectural and technological brilliance of our ancestors has always been a favorite passion of mine. That’s why during my last visit to Bangalore, I was only too happy to squeeze in a trip to Ha...
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Five Things for a Londoner to like about Bishkek

1) For UK nationals there are no VISA requirements or entry restrictions for a trip of less than 60 days' duration. Anyone familiar with travel in the former USSR will understand what a fabulous luxury this is. The passport control at Bishkek airport seems to be absolutely super too, fast and friendly. Again, compare and contrast with some of its n...
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The Solar Eclipse in the Faroe Islands for Passepartout Homes

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Faroe Islands. Photo courtesy of National Geographic.
Sheep at Faroe Islands Photo courtesy of BBC.co.uk
View from apartment The Blue Sail
The Faroe Islands are on every global news channel all week this week. Why? (In case you have been living in a cave?) Because these tiny, windswept islands between Iceland and Norway are the very best place in the whole world to watch the solar eclipse this Friday March 20 2015 . That’s right. On the entire planet. Five fun facts about this solar e...
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The Sheraton Rio Hotel & Resort for Kids

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I am nine and I stayed at the Sheraton near Leblon at Christmas with my parents and my little sister who is five. It was the first time that any of us had been to Rio or even to Brazil. I thought that I would write a review of the hotel so it’s easier to see what it’s like for kids. Right now there are not that many hotels or resorts in Rio that ar...
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The World's Best Airports for Families for Passepartout Homes

Family facilities at Heathrow Airport via heathrowairport.com
Family Services at Zürich Airport (photo via zurich-airport.com)
Kids' Spot at SFO Airport (photo via flysfo.com)
I'm delighted with the buzz this piece that I wrote for Passepartout Homes  has generated. Frequent air travellers with children will have noted a quiet revolution taking place over the last few years. The international aviation service industry has finally decided to raise its game with this enormous and previously neglected demographic. Until rec...
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Guest Blog: Journey to Pitcairn Island

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My previous guest blogger and fellow traveller Rhiannon Adam is about to undertake the Journey of a Lifetime - not hyperbole but its official assignation after she won a prestigious Royal Geographical Society Award. Here, she exclusively explains what this extraordinary adventure is all about in her own words. Have you ever wondered where the most ...
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National Art Museum and Pushkin's House, Chisinau

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I almost walked past the National Art Museum because it's currently under restoration... It's not entirely closed, though, and for 10 Leu it was worth wandering around. It seems to be set in a slightly dilapidated mansion, but boasts a few pieces, including this haunting painting, The Cranes Have Left, by Mihai Grecu. I was rather taken with these ...
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Tips for Visiting Corcovado Cristo Redentor Rio

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Having made it now to not only two of Rio de Janeiro's biggest attractions but two of the biggest tourist sites in the world, Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain, I wanted to share a few of my first hand findings. This first piece of two deals with Cristo Redentor. A Google search was surprisingly irritating on how to get the statue that wel...
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Five Brilliant Belgrade Children’s Restaurants

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The web is heaving with restaurant recommendations for Belgrade, Serbia's capital, and rightly so – the food is beyond fabulous, with wonderfully good value fine dining and slow cooking on every street. It’s much harder, though, to get any immediate sense of which establishments might welcome children and cater for them effectively. Our four year o...
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A Hot Tub in a River?

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Yes. A hot tub in a river. This was one of many delights I was promised by my guide on my first ever trip to Dominica, Pepper , the legendary local expert with his unmistakeable vehicle. There's plenty more to tell but I just had to put the word out there about this mind-blowing natural phenomenon. Set on the far back of an Edenic black sand river ...
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